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VOLKSWAGEN POLO HATCHBACK

1.0 EVO 80 Match 5dr

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The Volkswagen Polo has been much improved in MK6 model form. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

Why would you buy a Volkswagen Polo? You wouldn't buy it on price, because there are many rival superminis that cost less. Many of these cars will have more equipment inside them. Some will even be nicer to drive. That much-vaunted Volkswagen build quality is, statistically at least, something that the Japanese and Koreans covered off some time ago. So what's the appeal? It's simple. The Polo is all about understated refinement or, to put it another way, conspicuously not trying too hard to impress. Now this is a very hard trick to carry off. Try too hard and this Volkswagen loses its cool. Don't try hard enough and the car looks like a complacent trinket for posers, which is possibly even less desirable. So with this current sixth generation Polo, the Wolfsburg brand is looking to land it square in that profitable sweet spot.

Driving Experience

Almost every car has its unique selling points. With this Polo, these lie in quality and comfort, delightful damping having long been a traditional attribute in a Volkswagen supermini. Given that even the previous rather crudely platformed version of this model managed to cruise over potholes and tarmac tears that would upset most of its rivals, we expected that the stiff sophistication of this sixth generation design's all-new MQB A0 chassis would lift it even further clear of its competitors in this regard. Which is, by and large, how it's turned out. We were told that this new generation Polo would ride like a much larger car and sure enough it does, easily shrugging off pock-marked urban surfaces. And that's despite the lack of anything particularly advanced in terms of suspension design. Certainly, many competitor brands are going to want to know how a straightforward MacPherson strut-front and torsion beam-rear set-up can deliver damping this good. It handles higher speed undulations brilliantly too - one writer described the response as being akin to 'riding on jewelled bearings'. Even larger wheel sizes don't seem to upset it much. And engines? Well all the options are now three cylinders, petrol-powered and 1.0-litre in size. Your choices start with a three-cylinder 1.0-litre MPI unit with 80PS, which sits below two 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI engines with either 95 or 110PS. 7-speed DSG automatic transmission is optional on those TSI petrol models.

Design and Build

So low key is the Polo's styling that the changes made to this MK6 model may be lost on some customers. Perhaps more obvious though, is this sixth generation design's larger size. It's now only slightly shorter than a MK4 Golf used to be and, thanks to a longer wheelbase than that car, significantly larger inside. To be specific, this MK6 Polo is 81mm longer than its predecessor, making it now over 4m long. It's now also slightly lower in stance and 69mm wider. Volkswagen thinks that the resulting stretched silhouette is 'more masculine', you decide. In profile, the new styling is defined by an arrow-shaped 'tornado' double line, while at the front, there's a smarter grille flanked by headlamps that can be optionally ordered with full-LED beams. Inside, the vertically-orientated dashboard of the previous model has been replaced with horizontal architecture and a higher placement for the new centre-dash infotainment screen; this monitor varies in size between 6.5 and 8-inches, depending on the variant you select. An upper cross-panel flows across the dash into the doors and can be colour-personalised to suit your taste. As an option, buyers can replace the usual dash dials with Volkswagen's 'Active Info Display' TFT virtual screen gauges.

Market and Model

List pricing for this car actually starts from around £17,000. In practice though, it's pretty difficult to imagine many Polo owners paying less than £18,000 and most will be shelling out a figure somewhere in the £19,000 to £20,000 bracket. The range kicks off with 'Match', 'beats' and 'United' trim levels, all of which can be had in their most affordable form with the 80PS 1.0-litre powerplant we're tying here. If you can stretch to the altermative TSI 1.0-litre turbo engine, you'll also get the opportunity to spend another £1,350 on Volkswagen's 7-speed DSG auto gearbox, available whether you choose the 95PS version of this engine or the 110PS variant of this unit that comes with plusher models. 'SEL' and 'R-Line' trim levels round off the range. 'Match'-spec customers get the 'Car-Net' 'App-Connect' system that allows use of the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto'/'MirrorLink' systems that enable you to 'mirror' the display of your smartphone onto the centre-dash screen. All 'Match' models get 15-inch alloy wheels, an alarm, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, a more sophisticated trip computer, rear electric windows and a variable-height boot floor. Plus the split-folding rear seat and power-adjustable mirrors missing from the base spec. So there you have it: 'Match'-spec gives you pretty much everything you really need in this Volkswagen. And if you want a little more, there's an alternative 'United' variant with the same engines that comes with standard navigation and access to Volkswagen's clever 'We Connect Plus' app for remote control of vehicle functions. Plus, with 'United' spec, you get smarter 'Dublin'-style 15-inch alloy wheels, auto headlamps and wipers, cruise control and 'Atlantic Blue' interior trim.

Cost of Ownership

All of the Polo engines on offer are decently frugal.Let's get to the WLTP-rated fuel and CO2 stats. With the base unit, the 80PS version of the 1.0-litre MPI engine - which is what we've got here - you're supposed to be able to achieve up to 51.5mpg on the combined cycle and up to 125g/km of CO2. In contrast, in a 95PS 1.0 TSI turbo variant, those figures improve to 52.7mpg and 122g/km with a manual gearbox, improving slightly to 53.8mpg and 119g/km if you opt for that 1.0-litre TSI engine with a manual gearbox and 110PS. What else? Well, the three year/60,000 mileage warranty isn't anything to write home about in a marketplace where other rivals offer more. But there is a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' servicing regimes, depending on the mileage you expect to cover, the 'Fixed' package appropriate for cars covering under 10,000 miles a year. Residual values will continue to be strong: with the previous generation version, you could expect to get between 44 and 51% of your original purchase price back after three years or 36,000 miles. We don't expect that kind of showing to change much this time round.

Summary

The Volkswagen Polo formula has worked well to date, but competition in the supermini sector has ramped up not by a notch or two but by a great hulking leap thanks to the arrival of cars in this class like new versions of the Ford Fiesta, the Citroen C3, the SEAT Ibiza and the Kia Rio. Beating models of that kind isn't as easy for Volkswagen as it used to be. The Polo previously appealed on classy minimalism but most people these days want slick electronics and a greater feeling of design input inside their small cars. Volkswagen has responded and done so with typical thoroughness. Little about the Polo's dynamics or efficiency really represents a best in class showing. But what makes this car so good is that it's there or thereabouts in most categories but doesn't get beaten by anyone when it comes to perceived quality. That's key. That reassuring feeling that your second-largest capital purchase is money well spent ought to guarantee this car's place at the top table.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency61.40mpg
Emissions
Emissions125.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed106mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Car-Net App-Connect
  • Digital clock
  • Driver alert system
  • Front assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitor, city emergency braking and predictive pedestrian protection
  • Multifunction computer plus
  • Power assisted speed sensitive steering
  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
  • Start/stop system
  • Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
  • Volkswagen connect
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened

Entertainment

  • Premium USB cable in choice of either Apple or Android smartphone compatibility

Exterior Features

  • Black grille with chrome surround
  • Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Body colour rear spoiler
  • Body coloured side sills
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric operated/heated door mirrors
  • Electric panoramic sunroof with glass sliding and tilting including integrated roller blind
  • Front fog lights including static cornering
  • Front windscreen washers and wipers with 4 speed intermittent delay
  • Halogen clear headlights with range adjustable with separate LED day time running ligts including automatic headlights on
  • Heat insulating tinted glass
  • Heated rear window with auto timer
  • High level 3rd brake light
  • Internally adjustable door mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • Manual dimmable interior rear-view mirror
  • Rear electric windows
  • Rear tinted glass from B-pillar backwards approx 65% tinted
  • Rear windscreen washer and wiper with interval delay, reverse activated

Interior Features

  • 2 bag hooks in luggage compartment
  • 2 front and 2 rear reading lights
  • 2 front cupholders and 12 V socket with cover
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • 4 grab handles
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Centre console storage with open storage compartment
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Driver and front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Driver and front passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Folding rear seat backrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Front seat backrest storage pockets
  • Gear lever gaiter in black trim surround
  • Glovebox
  • Handbrake grip button in chrome effect
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Instrument lighting, adjustable panel illumination
  • Interior light with delay
  • Isofix Preparation 2 Rear child seats
  • Jack and tool kit
  • Leather gear knob and handbrake grip
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment cover, removable
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Luggage compartment with variable load floor
  • Lumbar adjustment for front seats
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Storage compartment in front doors
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Storage compartment under front seats
  • Sunglasses holder

Packs

  • Composition Media Pack - Polo

Safety

  • 3 point height adj front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Automatic post collision braking
  • Driver/front passenger airbag
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints
  • ESP with EDL + ASR
  • Front and rear passenger curtain airbags
  • Front disc brakes and rear drum brakes
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seat side impact airbags
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Hill hold control
  • Single tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys

Technical

  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Galvanished body

Trim

  • Air vents in High gloss black
  • Limestone grey decorative inserts

Wheels

  • 15" Seyne black diamond turned alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres and anti theft wheel bolts
  • Full size steel spare wheel

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    104
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    117

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    999
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    3
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    12
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    61.4
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    67.3
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    51.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    5.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    54.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.0
  • Badge Power
    80
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    EVO 80
  • Coin Series
    Match
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    1E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    85
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    59
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    10000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    15.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    80
  • Engine Power - KW
    59
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    69
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    9.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    93
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3750
  • Top Speed
    106

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    185/65 R15
  • Tyre Size Rear
    185/65 R15
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    SEYNE
  • Wheel Type
    15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1461
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4053
  • Wheelbase
    2551
  • Width
    1751
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1964

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1590
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1125
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    351
  • Max. Loading Weight
    535
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    560
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1055
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.6
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

"in the last week"

Madeline Biggs

Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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